Sources close to the solstice claim it’s summer. Judging by our recent Octoberish weather, I can’t confirm that.
But apparently it’s true. And I ran across Entertainment Weekly’s list of the top 100 summer songs of all time.
It’s a fairly predictable list. “Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful is No.1. There are three Beach Boys songs in the top 25. No big shockers.
For some reason, Van Halen is the first band I think of when the subject of summer music comes up. That’s probably due to my age and the amount of time I spent listening to Van Halen and Van Hagar while cruising with the T-tops out in my friend’s IROC-Z.
Throw in Motley Crue, Cinderella and Def Leppard while you’re at it.
But, sadly, Van Halen does not make the EW top 100.
Sam Cook, The Doors and old-school Bruce “The screen door slams…,” Springsteen, Gregg Allman would make my summer list. The EW list has some Beatles songs, but nothing from the Sgt. Pepper’s album, which I think has a frivolous summer feel. And it came out the same year my parents’ old Malibu convertible rolled out of Detroit. (It’s not the one pictured above, but similar. They sold it. Curses.)
I loved that car, except the fact that it threw a hubcap everytime I took a corner too sharp.
The more I think about it, the more music I could add. But I’d rather find out what you think.